Nutcote was the home of Australian children’s author, May Gibbs and is located in Neutral Bay with an envious water view. Serving up a cute and delicious high tea, you can also attend a guided tour of May’s home and for those with children, the novelty of the playroom will keep them busy for hours.
The high tea had your usual three tiers consisting of finger sandwiches, scones and sweets, all of which were so easy to eat with just the right amount of food.
The dessert tier is always my fave consisted of cupcakes, brownies, macarons, slices and tarts. Each piece was equally yummy but I have to say that the tart was the real show stopper.
The scone tier is hubby’s fave but these scones were probably the best I’ve ever had as they weren’t as dense as others and were the perfect size.
The sandwich tier had no complaints. These guys know how to make finger sandwiches just in time for arrival and were super soft and fresh. Needless to say I ate all of the cucumber ones while hubby ate the egg and the kids had the ham, cheese and tomato.
The Cafe itself was so cute and filled with lots of May Gibbs paraphernalia. If you remember the banksia men, you can even find one inside and the ladies serving you your high tea are the sweetest of all!
After having your high tea you can walk over to May’s house and have your guided tour. You’ll pass some caterpillar shrubbery along the way as well as a cute little garden.
Inside May’s house is quaint and comfy – her mother actually being the one to find it and persuade her to purchase it. Some of her original items are displayed inside like her easel, warmer, working tools and husband’s fishing rod.
During the tour you’ll learn about her life and workings. There’s also a separate area out the back which has a recording of May talking on repeat which is attached to the kids play room, which is decorated in the theme of Little Obelia where they can dress up, play and colour in.
Whether or not you’re a Gibbs fan, it’s definitely one to put on your bucket list if you haven’t already been and don’t forget to buy something from the gift shop!